Python is a super easy language to learn and also it’s dynamically interpreted so it could be easily debugged. Not only it’s easy rather it comes up with a lot of libraries using which some functionalities(of a software) could be implemented with just a click.
Owing to Python being super easy to write and read as well, a lot of people have advocated it for using in Web Development.
But there are many things which need to be kept in mind, before just jumping into and start writing scripts for Websites in Python.
When I personally started learning Python, I was just jumping around from one learning milestone to another learning milestones. Having aaahh aahhh movements whenever I finished learning a concept(like Object Oriented Python Programming). In that wave of just jumping around from one topic to another, I stumbled upon “Using Python for Web Development” and tried to use it for developing some basic websites(kind of ‘Hello World’ type). But I failed terribly because I didn’t even completely understand Web Development at that time.
So for helping you to not be in same kind of situation as I was. I have made a checklist to ensure that you have enough required knowledge to jump into ‘Using Python for Web Development’.
- Basic Syntax of Python
- Python Functions
- Using or importing external modules in Python workflow
- Object-Oriented Programming in Python
- JSON structured data
- Structured Query language(SQL)
I would strongly recommend learning at least basics of these concepts before moving on to Web Development using Python.
What is Web Development?
Web Development is the process of building/maintaining websites, it involves writing code for website, making it faster and user friendly.
For Websites to be able to show up on a browser, there are two types of code scripts which come into play.
- Server-Side Code – Runs on a server where the Website is hosted
- Client Side Code – Executed/Run by Browser itself on the User side
So for a website to be fully functional we need a combination of Server Side + Client Side code.
Python for Web Development
Yes, Python could be used for developing websites, but there’s a trick – This could only be used on Server Side, the reason being most browsers don’t have capability to just execute Python Code.
Be Cautious Python is not the ‘Bread and Butter’ for Web Development.But there’s one most important scenario where Python can prove as building block for Website i.e. Dealing With Data.
If your just retrieving data or writing data to a Database quite frequently then Python could serve as a bridge between Client Side and Data base. Moreover it’s quite easy to do data manipulation using Python with help of different libraries.
Python on it’s own is very difficult to be configured on a server and is time consuming as well. So Software Developers have designed certain packages of code, which could be just imported in a workflow and their functionalities could be used. Some of these Python frameworks are –